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PAUL RICHARD JONES: Murdered in Earlsboro, OK - May 1983

Discussion in 'Cold Cases' started by WindStorm, Jul 10, 2015.

  1. WindStorm

    WindStorm Bronze Member

    Paul Richard Jones was 20 years old and found stabbed to death inside his home near Earlsboro, OK. His wife, Melody, is a missing person. Her personal belongings and car were still at the home.

    "Shawnee all the way from England to be reassured that law enforcement hadn’t forgotten about her son.

    He was stabbed to death in his home when he was 20 years old in May of 1983. His wife Melody didn’t show up for work and her mother came to check on her, finding Paul’s body in their home near Earlsboro. Undersheriff Palmer said all of Melody’s personal belongings were still in the home and her vehicle was still outside. She has not been seen since."

    News9 in Oklahoma posted this July 10, 2015

    Last edited: Jul 10, 2015
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  2. WindStorm

    WindStorm Bronze Member

    Robby Trammell • Published: May 16,1983

    The disappearance of two young women in less than a month has state and local law enforcement officers stumped and area citizens concerned and frightened.

    One missing woman lived in Seminole. Both worked there.

    Melody Ann Jones, 19, an employee of the Seminole Dairy Queen, has been missing since 11 a.m. on May 5. Her husband, Paul Richard Jones, 20, was found stabbed to death in their rural home northwest of Earlsboro.

    Patty Hamilton, 18, an employee of the Seminole U Totem Store has been missing since 4:35 a.m. on April 9. She disappeared from the store during a night work shift.

    Police believe Miss Hamilton, the night clerk, was victim of a robbery-kidnapping, and think Mrs. Jones was abducted after her husband was slain.

    Whether the two cases are connected is as much a mystery as is the whereabouts of the women."

    "Shawnee, discovered her son-in-law dead after going to his house to check on her daughter, who had not reported for work.

    "I went to the house, saw their car there, and figured they had overslept," Mrs. Garton said. "I honked, then went to the door. Tha door was slightly opened so I pushed it on open, took two steps, saw a gun on the bed and Paul's legs on the floor."

    The house is located two miles north of Earlsboro on State Highway 9A and a half-mile west on the Benson Park Road, which divides the rural communities of Earlsboro and South Rock Creek in Pottawatomie County. The residence is 12 miles from Seminole.

    Pottawatomie County Sheriff Paul Abel said authorities first thought Jones had been shot, but an autopsy showed the young man died from two stab wounds one in the neck, the other in the chest. Jones would have turned 21 on May 14.

    The victim was dressed in cutoff denim shorts and an unbuttoned shirt and was lying on the floor next to a bed on which lay an unloaded .12-gauge shotgun."

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  3. WindStorm

    WindStorm Bronze Member

    From Melody's Doe Network page

    "On May 4, 1983, Melody Jones spent the day fishing with her family. Her brother gave her a ride home, dropping her off at the rural Earlsboro home she shared with her husband Paul Richard Jones. He said he saw the door ajar as she went in and the lights were on inside.
    Sometime that night, Melody's husband, then 20, was murdered inside that home. Melody vanished.

    On the morning of May 5, 1983, Melody didn't show up for work at the Dairy Queen in Seminole. Her mother went to Melody's home and discovered her son-in-law's body.
    Melody wasn't there, but all her personal belongings, including her purse and eyeglasses, were found inside. The couple's car was parked in the driveway.
    There were no signs that a domestic dispute occurred.

    Investigators said they still believe the evidence points to Melody being the victim of abduction.
    Deputies searched the area around the home on foot and horseback, covering 160 acres, while a search by helicopter covered a 6-square-mile area, finding no sign of Melody or any clues."

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  5. WindStorm

    WindStorm Bronze Member

    Screenshot of the News9 story as its the only photo of Paul I could locate

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  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    It's so sad that this seemingly average couple had their short lives taken away from them like this!
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  7. WindStorm

    WindStorm Bronze Member

    I zoomed way in on present day Earlsboro, OK - it's very rural and very tiny

    Also, from Wiki:
    1. Earlsboro is a town in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 628 at the 2010 census, a decline of 0.8 percent from 633 at the 2000 census. It was once called "...the town that whisky built and oil broke." Wikipedia"

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  8. WindStorm

    WindStorm Bronze Member

    image.jpg Here's a zoom out of Earlsboro. It isn't near any major roads or cities. It doesn't seem like it would be a random "opportunity" type crime of wrong place, wrong time. Seems to me that whoever did this was specific to the area
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  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    ‘Please call back again,’ Undersheriff trying to reconnect with tipster

    Melody Jones was just 19 years old when she disappeared.

    Her husband, 20-year-old Paul Jones, was found stabbed to death in their Earlsboro home.

    Thirty-four years after the crime was committed, the case remains open.

    Two weeks ago, after News 4 featured the case, again a tipster called in with information.

    Last Friday, the caller left a voicemail for Palmer, because the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Department was closed for Veteran's Day.

    "It's a piece of a puzzle," Palmer said. "That piece of the puzzle could break this case wide open."

    However, just as Palmer started to jot down the number, the line clicked silent.

    "All we got was a 615. We don't know if that's an area code or a prefix," Palmer said. "So, I'm asking whoever called in on November 9th, who said they had information to call back in again."

    The sheriff's office would like for that citizen to call back.

    If you know anything about the murder of Paul or the disappearance of Melody, you can call Palmer directly at 405-275-2526 x111.

  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Police still searching for answers 35 years after murder of Paul, disappearance of Melody Ann Jones

    The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office is now working in conjunction with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations on the 35-year-old case. Undersheriff Palmer told Dateline they do not have a suspect or person of interest in the case.

    “You don't have one dead [and] one missing without someone knowing something,” Undersheriff Palmer said. He says police hope someone will come forward with more information regarding Paul’s murder and Melody’s disappearance.

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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    OSBI: Fast-food restaurant employees may hold keys to solving cold case

    It’s been 35 years, and deputies in Pottawatomie County are still searching for clues related to a cold case.

    Investigators have received tips over the years, but nothing has led them to a suspect or Melody Jones.

    Now, officials with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are hoping to speak with people who were employees at the Dairy Queen, located at 522 N. Milt Phillips in Seminole, in 1983 or 1984.

    If you worked at the restaurant during those years, you are asked to call the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017.


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